It’s not Valentine’s Day if we don’t eat a heart-shaped dessert, right? So I had to come up with a dessert that is not only delicious, but also healthy, filling, great as a snack, and easy to pack and take to school. Nutritious and delicious baked oatmeal with carrots.
My kids love it, my husband and myself love it, and my parents love it. I think you will love it too!
I bet you have most of the ingredients (if not all) in your pantry and fridge right now.
If you are looking for more healthy and tasty Valentine’s day treats for your picky eater, here’s two more. You can’t go wrong with either of them. Even better, make both (and the baked oatmeal hearts!).
Cherry Strawberry Smoothie – This delicious smoothie has healthy omega 3s from hemp and chia seeds, and many nutrients from spinach. Your picky eater won’t know they are drinking a smoothie with spinach – the red from strawberries and cherries masks the green color.
5-Ingredient Beet Pancakes – No one will know these pancakes have beets. And with only 5 ingredients, they are very easy to make.
But let’s go back to these yummy baked oatmeal hearts. I made them a few times in the last few weeks. Once I made the batter in the evening and stored it in the fridge overnight. I baked the oatmeal in the morning and we had the hearts warm for breakfast. Deeeelicious!
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 ½ cup milk (any milk works; I used almond milk)
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon oil (any oil works; I used organic canola oil)
- 1 ½ cup oats
- pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 cup finely grated carrot (loosely packed)
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 F.
- Mix the wet ingredients in a big bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, one by one.
- Pour the batter in a 8x11 inch glass dish.
- Bake for 40 minutes until the oatmeal becomes lightly brown on the surface. Turn the oven off and keep the oatmeal in the oven for 10 more minutes.
- Remove the dish from the oven.
- Enjoy warm or cold. If you want to make hearts allow the oatmeal to cool off. Then use a heart-shaped cutter to make the shapes.
- Leftovers keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days.
How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? My husband and I will go on a date the weekend before. We don’t have anything planned yet, but it will probably be low-key, relaxing, and delicious.